Pheidole mantilla

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Pheidole mantilla
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. mantilla
Binomial name
Pheidole mantilla
Wilson, 2003

Longino (1997) found the species in open habitats of seasonally dry areas. Workers forage on the ground and up into low vegetation. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Northern Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica (type locality), Panama.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • mantilla. Pheidole mantilla Wilson, 2003: 323, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Closely similar to Pheidole caribbaea of Jamaica, differing in the major in its narrower occiput seen in full-face view; carinulae of the cephalic dorsum reaching all the way to the occiput border; shorter scape; oval (rather than trapezoidal) postpetiole; and lighter (reddish-yellow as opposed to brown) color.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.32, HL 1.42, SL 1.02, EL 0.20, PW 0.62. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.80, SL 1.04, EL 0.16, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: concolorous medium reddish yellow (“orange”).

Minor: concolorous brownish yellow.

Pheidole mantilla Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

COSTA RICA: La Pita, on road to Monteverde, Puntarenas, 200 m, col. J. T. Longino. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad


L mantilla, cloak, referring to the dense pilosity of the head and mesosoma.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Wilson E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, [ix] + 794 pp.